Hap and Leonard Season 2 Review

by Matthew Thompson

The titular pair in Hap and Leonard are a bit of an odd couple. Leonard – a gay, black Vietnam vet – and Hap – a white man who skipped the war as a conscientious objector – were brought together as youngsters by a mutual tragedy. Their divergent paths in the time since haven’t broken the bonds of their friendship. It is this relationship that Hap and Leonard was built upon in its first season and that continues to be the case in Season 2 despite telling a fairly different kind of story Continue reading

Taboo Season 1 Review

by Matthew Thompson

When it comes to historical dramas, I prefer to head way back in time. Give me stuff like Spartacus, Rome or Vikings. Merely a century or two old? Not usually my thing. And yet, TV keeps throwing those at me and for one reason or another, I keep watching them Continue reading

Sneaky Pete Season 1 Review

by Matthew Thompson

My guilty conscience makes me a pretty terrible liar. It’s one of the reasons I love private eye fiction. Seeing all the little deceitful tricks they use to get the information they need is highly entertaining as I know I could never do it. There is a similar enjoyment in watching con-artists operate Continue reading

The Good Place Review: Heavenly Comedy

by Matthew Thompson

(Going forward, I will be reviewing a number of new shows from the Fall to let people know whether they are worth watching. I will be keeping any major spoilers to the bullets at the bottom, so the main body will be perusable for those who have not yet seen the show. Enjoy!)

I mentioned time and again prior to the premiere that what made The Good Place such a sure bet this Fall was creator Michael Schur. His track record, which includes working on The Office before co-creating both Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is simply too good to ignore. And yet what stands out the most about The Good Place are the ways it diverges from Schur’s previous work Continue reading

TV Check-In: Fall Comedy Roundup

by Matthew Thompson

I don’t ever have quite as much to say about comedies, so I am rounding up a whole bunch of them for a quick rundown. I stuck to half-hours and excluded any of the ones I hit in my look at the Fall’s new shows a few months back, so that this post wouldn’t get too out of control. Here are my thoughts on eight of this Fall’s comedies in alphabetical order (Be warned: these do contain spoilers for each show’s newest season) Continue reading

The New Shows of Fall: Comedy Edition

by Matthew Thompson

The Fall TV season is here and that means a slew of new shows hitting the major networks. I love to try stuff out and get a taste of what the new season has to offer. So I am here with a handful of quick reviews on the various series I have sampled so far. I plan to roll out one or two more posts just like this one when I have the chance. To start I will be breaking down four new comedies. Here it goes Continue reading

The New Shows of Summer: UnReal

by Matthew Thompson

Lifetime’s new drama UnReal peers behind the curtain of a fictional Bachelor-esque dating show called Everlasting. I basically checked this out on the recommendation of some folks on a discussion forum I frequent, only knowing that basic premise and that it was supposedly a good show. Perhaps because the only thing I’ve ever seen like it was Burning Love, I was expecting something a little goofier. What I found instead was a much darker, more interesting take on the subject matter Continue reading

The New Shows of Summer: Scream: The TV Series

by Matthew Thompson

I love the Scream movies. The first is one of my all-time favorites. Growing up watching slasher movies and being just the right age when Scream came out… I felt like a part of its target audience. Heck it felt made for me. Yet everything I saw and heard about the TV series adaptation before it aired had my expectations for this new MTV show about as low as possible. I feel the show hurdled that low bar I had set for it, but it remains difficult to recommend to anyone as something they need to watch Continue reading

The New Shows of Summer: Ballers

by Matthew Thompson

Ballers stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Spencer Strasmore. Once a defensive standout for the Miami Dolphins, Spencer has hung up his cleats and is looking to leverage connections from his playing days to kick-start a second career as a financial manager. This is the jumping off point for what has turned out to be one of HBO’s highest rated comedies in years. It is also the setup for what has been a boring and lackluster season of television Continue reading

The New Shows of Summer: Humans

by Matthew Thompson

With the summer winding down, I wanted to chime in on the new shows that I checked out over the past few months. I already talked about the best new series of the summer, Mr. Robot, a couple of weeks ago (and it has gotten even better since… seriously check it out if you haven’t yet), but there are a handful of others I wanted to give some thoughts on. I have decided to relegate spoilers to the bullets at the bottom, so people who haven’t had a chance to check these out can still see if they are worth their time. I’m kicking things off with Humans Continue reading